Why Scorpius Martial Arts?

Scorpius Martial Arts specializes in traditional martial arts and practical self-defense training that focuses on the individual; Mind, Body and Spirit. In addition to advocating  for physical fitness, classes at Scorpius Martial Arts promote honesty, dedication, perseverance, respect for self and others, cooperation, and teamwork. Students of Scorpius Martial Arts enjoy the life long benefits of improved communication skills, increased physical fitness, and practical, effective self defense skills.

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What is Tang Soo Do?

Tang Soo Do (pronounced “tong sue doe”) is a traditional Korean style of martial arts with origins similar to that of Tae Kwon Do. Consisting of primary systems of empty-handed self-defense dating back about 2000 years, Tang Soo Do was originally used as a way for common folks to protect themselves from the unforgiving sword of the Samurai. Although Korean martial arts were banned from 1910 to 1945, during the Japanese occupation, the style of Tang Soo Do survived through underground teachings.

Tang represents the Chinese influence on the development of modern Tang Soo Do. Many Koreans escaped the Japanese occupation living and working in China. Grand Master Hwang Kee, founder of Moo Duk Kwon, the precursor to Tang Soo Do, was among the displaced Koreans in China until the end of World War II.

Soo translates to “hand” or “open-hand” as there are many techniques for blocking and striking that involve the use of open-hands. Also, the term open-handed carries the implication of being unarmed. While we will learn to use and defend against typical martial arts weapons, the art of Tang Soo Do is the art of the unarmed, open-handed self-defense.

Do is related to the Chinese word “tao” or “dao” meaning “path” or “way.” Therefore, Tang Soo Do is the open hand way; a way of life, a path to follow. As such, it carries with it not only techniques for effective self-defense and fighting, but a philosophy for living honorably, cultivating mental prowess, physical fitness, developing respect for others and earning respect in return.